Corporate innovation dinner .

As we seek to reintroduce this series across Africa and Europe in 2017 i thought i should look back at some of our previous most important dinners.

Written on July 8, 2014

In this venture, Sean connects forward thinking founders with established brands and corporates to see what each can learn from the other — and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Expect to meet other leading tech entrepreneurs and to enjoy after-dinner talk and informal Q&A from Claire Cockerton on the topic of getting corporates interested in collaborating with innovative startups.

Claire is a serial entrepreneur, founder/CEO of Pivotal Innovations and previously founder/CEO of Aesthetic Earthworks (multi-million $ eco-firm, sold in 2009). Currently, Deputy Head of Level39 Technology Accelerator, consulting to Canary Wharf Group on the development of a finance, cyber security, retail and smart cities tech cluster. Claire is also joint acting CEO of FinTech UK, a City of London backed movement for a more balanced, resilient, and accessible financial services sector.

Who’s invited? Startups in FinTech, Retail and Smart Cities Corporate innovation or a forward thinking founders working on advanced technology.

Fast Forward to the dinner:

Last night was our inaugural Corporate Innovation Dinner, to provide insights to startups on how to connect with established brands. This dinner was hosted by Sean Obedih (Founders Hive and RESON8) in the beautiful private dining room at the Eight Private Members Club.

We were joined by some great companies including Pinipa, The Daily Juggle, Beautimeter LTD, Bunse, City Pantry, Vox Pop Me, Hatch House and more.

Our after dinner speaker was Claire Cockerton, founder/CEO of Pivotal Innovations and Deputy Head of Level39 Technology Accelerator. Claire spoke about her journey with Level 39, the challenges startups and SME’s face connecting with corporates and how she helps them overcome them.

When we asked Sean about the night he said: “The calibre of people present was extraordinary and the level of intellectual stimulation was higher than any networking event I have attended before. Our goal with this series is to bridge the gap between brands and startups. We are looking forward to the next one.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

We had a really good time and a delicious 3 course meal, courtesy of Eight. Thanks to Sean for hosting this dinner and everyone who joined us, we had a blast! Watch this space for details of the next dinner in the #CIDLDN series.

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